What is Reminiscence therapy?
Reminiscence Therapy (RT) involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences with another person or group of people. Usually this would be with the aid of physical prompts such as photographs, household and other familiar items from the past, including music and old sound recordings, etc.
According to the research, this is an activity that family care-givers are increasingly involved in and it rates as one of the most popular psychosocial interventions in dementia care. There is also the added benefit that staff and participants regard it as a very enjoyable activity.
How Can Reminiscence Therapy Help Dementia Patients?
Studies have shown that Reminiscence Therapy does have a significant effect on patients’ mood, cognition and their general behavioural function as well. It is also a way for carers to get to know more about the patients’ pasts which has a potential to improve individualised care and patient-carer relationships.
Well, we produce a range of nostalgia products that inspire patients to reminisce. These have pictures of famous places, events and we even produce ‘old-fashioned’ door vinyls. So when dementia patients are walking along a hallway, for example, and they see pictures on the wall that remind them of a time of their life that they have fond memories of, this stimulates both their memory and cognition, as they relive the memory in their mind.
The research on this area of Dementia care is less than some of the more longstanding Dementia therapies. However, as an intervention for people with Dementia, the studies have shown no negative effects; only positive. So encouraging patients to engage in conversation, and perhaps tell old stories about their life using visual or physical prompts, only benefits their cognitive health and has positive effects for the people that care and surround them.
So, if you aren’t including Reminiscence Therapy in your current care regime then perhaps you should think about adding it, and if you want to elevate your care to the next level then you should head to our website and find out more about our nostalgia products.
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